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12 Year Old Girl on Trial for Assaulting Plain Clothes Cops

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Picture this:  A 12 year old girl is in her yard.  Serveral men in plain clothes jump out of a van and run towards her.  She hits them and tries to escape.  Is there anything wrong with the girl's actions?  Yes, if the girl is black and the men police officers looking for a bunch of hookers.

Closing arguments are expected Monday in the trial of a girl accused of assaulting a police officer, but her defense attorney claims police are to blame because officers mistook the 12-year-old for a prostitute.

On Aug. 22, 2006, police were dispatched to the 2200 block of 24th Street to investigate three prostitutes propositioning two men selling drugs...

In the criminal case, Milburn is accused of injuring an officer when three policemen got out of a van and ran toward her. She grabbed a tree and screamed for her father, who was also charged with interfering with police. The interfering charge was dismissed.

After Milburn was released from the hospital, police arrested her at school Sept. 15, 2006. A mistrial in Milburn’s case was declared Oct. 3, 2007...

Police encountered Milburn when her mother sent her outside to try to flip a circuit breaker.

The electricity failed as Emily Milburn was preparing her children for school, the federal lawsuit claims.

 


Why would anyone even charge this child?  The cops obviously made a mistake. Why didn't they just issue their mea culpas to the family and move on.  Why try to charge a 12 year old kid with assaulting an officer when it was clearly the cops actions that caused the whole incident? Do the police hate that much to admit to making a mistake that they have to turn things around on the victim?

The background details of this story makes it even more clear that this was a case of really sloppy police work.

It was a little before 8 at night when the breaker went out at Emily Milburn's home in Galveston. She was busy preparing her children for school the next day, so she asked her 12-year-old daughter, Dymond, to pop outside and turn the switch back on.
 
As Dymond headed toward the breaker, a blue van drove up and three men jumped out rushing toward her. One of them grabbed her saying, "You're a prostitute. You're coming with me."

Dymond grabbed onto a tree and started screaming, "Daddy, Daddy, Daddy." One of the men covered her mouth. Two of the men beat her about the face and throat.

As it turned out, the three men were plain-clothed Galveston police officers who had been called to the area regarding three white prostitutes soliciting a white man and a black drug dealer.

All this is according to a lawsuit filed in Galveston federal court by Milburn against the officers. The lawsuit alleges that the officers thought Dymond, an African-American, was a hooker due to the "tight shorts" she was wearing, despite not fitting the racial description of any of the female suspects. The police went to the wrong house, two blocks away from the area of the reported illegal activity, Milburn's attorney, Anthony Griffin, tells Hair Balls.

After the incident, Dymond was hospitalized and suffered black eyes as well as throat and ear drum injuries.

Three weeks later, according to the lawsuit, police went to Dymond's school, where she was an honor student, and arrested her for assaulting a public servant. Griffin says the allegations stem from when Dymond fought back against the three men who were trying to take her from her home. The case went to trial, but the judge declared it a mistrial on the first day, says Griffin. The new trial is set for February.

This could have been a real tragedy.  What if the little girl's father had come out sooner and begin assaulting the men who clearly appeared to be trying to abduct his young daughter.  He would have likely been shot and killed and then of course the cops would claim self-defense.

The little girl suffered black eyes and ruptured ear drums.  I wonder what kind of injuries the probably at least 180 lb male cops suffered from a 12 year old girl.  Maybe some bruised shins? Why did they need to hit her at all? Even if she was  kicking and struggling, could not 3 trained police officers restrain a little girl with injuring her?

It is becoming increasingly clear that the reins need to be tightened on the police.  There need to be stricter regulations in place concerning how and when they are allowed to approach a suspect and the force they are allowed to use. Until something is done, no of us are safe from their armed miltary like presence...not even in your own yard.

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